As a non-technical person working in the cybersecurity industry, I often find myself asking, “Do I need to be worried about [insert novel threat]?” I am almost always pleased to learn that the experts have considered these threats and created simple protective measures so that no, I do not necessarily need to be worried about [insert novel threat]. In taking a few simple precautions, you might never need to worry about these intimidating cyber risks ever again!
As ProCircular’s resident young person without a background in security, I have learned an extraordinary amount of information about the importance of cybersecurity since starting at this company. I now think about how often my generation tends to overlook basic security features on our phones and computers which leaves us open to disastrous consequences in our personal or professional lives.
If you’re reading this, it’s very likely that you know how to use the internet. It’s also likely you’ve made an account on the internet somewhere. When you created your last account, what kind of requirements were you forced to use? For a number of web services, these requirements still follow the 2003 NIST SP 800-63 Appendix A standards that recommend an 8-character minimum, containing one uppercase, one lowercase, one digit, and one special character (Ex: Procircular1!).
It seems like every other week there is a new data breach in the news. Some notable incursions of 2016 were LinkedIn, Yahoo, and a new one as of December 5th, DailyMotion (a video hosting service).